President’s Message: Tom Vegos

Dear fellow Parishioners,

As we close out the first quarter of 2014, I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on our achievements over the past

three months and share our successes and areas that need additional improvement. Along with Father Gary, your parish council has been working hard to ensure that our community grows both spiritually and in a manner whereupon the business aspects of running a parish are addressed in a timely and orderly fashion. During this period there have been great advances in our Agape Building Project:

The concrete foundation was poured for the first and second floors.

The steel skeleton of the building was erected from the foundation.

The Cross was hosted to the top of the building and landscaping has begun.

Exterior and interior walls are being built.

Our construction loan was approved by our bankers and after our lunch with our loan officer and the bank’s president we

feel confident that a “take out” loan will be approved in 2015. Basically this will convert our current construction loan into a traditional loan product. On the ecclesiastical side, Father Gary has started or reestablished programs including FIRE (Family) ... read more 

The Purpose of the Church: Fr. Gary Kyriacou

Pastor Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life, was actually a sequel to a lesser known book he wrote called The Purpose Driven Church. In The Purpose Driven Church, he gives a great list of “purposes” that each church should aim to accomplish. Liberally summarizing Warren’s work, he says each successful church should be: warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. To see how these principals stacked up against the specific requirements of Orthodoxy, I reviewed the Archdiocese Bylaws. They state: "The diakonia (work, ministry, mission) of the parish will include proclaiming the Gospel in accordance with the Orthodox Faith, sanctifying the faithful through God's grace in worship, the Divine Liturgy and the other Sacraments and Devotional Services, enhancing the Parishioners’ spiritual life; and adding to their numbers by instructing others and receiving them into the Church through Baptism and/or Chrismation, catechizing them in the Orthodox Faith and in the ethos of the Church through the establishment of programs, schools and philanthropic activities, and implementing Christian ministries." As you can see, there is a great deal of overlap between what Warren outlined and what the Archdiocese dictates, and I found myself wondering, as a priest and pastor, if the parish I serve is meeting these objectives. Does St. Demetrios hold true and fast to the aims and purposes established by the Archdiocese?  ... read more 

Greetings, I pray you are well. It seems that many have not been receiving some of the messages I have sent. Please check your "junk" folder every now and then . . . Following is a list of events and activities happening at our loving Parish over the next few days. Please make every effort to participate in as many Lenten services as possible. Hope to see you. Tuesday, March 25: Liturgy, Annunciation- Orthros at 9AM and Liturgy at 9:30AM Wednesday, March 26:Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30PM Potluck 7:30 Orthodox Study until 8:30 We are studying THE WAY OF A PILGRIM Friday, March 28: Fourth Stantza of the Akathist Hymn 6:30PM Please come! Also, please be sure to use my NEW email address when corresponding: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With Christ’s Love, +Fr. Gary In Christ, +FG Father Gary Kyriacou St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 1970 Camarillo, CA 93011 CHAPEL ADDRESS (Physical meeting site): 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo, CA 93010 805-482-1273 cell: 805-443-3376